Episode 4: 200 Motels

In this episode, we tackle the 1971 surrealist film by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, 200 Motels! Join us as we discuss what the craziness of life on the road looks like through Zappa’s very unique lens.

Music credits for this episode:
Penis Dimension – 200 Motels Soundtrack
Daddy Daddy Daddy – 200 Motels Soundtrack
Shove It Right In – You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Volume 6
Zomby Woof – You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Volume 1

All songs composed by Frank Zappa and published by Munchkin Music
For more information about Frank Zappa, his music and other works, please visit the official website at http://www.zappa.com

Episode 3: A Trilogy of Neil Breen

In this episode, we discuss the collected works of Neil Breen, a modern day film auteur who mixes themes of corruption and the supernatural into a wonderful batter of bizarre storytelling that bakes up into a weird cake of “so bad, it’s good” low budget cinema.  Not only is he the writer/director/producer/craft services provider for all his films, he also is the star, making him a quintuple threat in the entertainment world.  Breen’s films have the feel of a David Lynch fever dream put in a blender.  They’re AMAZING.

To buy DVDs of Double Down, I Am Here… Now or Fateful Findings, visit the official website.

You can also rent Fateful Findings on YouTube or watch it for free with Amazon Prime.

Now Playing: The Witch

This afternoon we headed off to the cinemaplex to check out The Witch, a new horror movie by first time writer/director Robert Eggers.  Set in 1630s New England, the story centers on a Puritan family starting over on a farmstead in the woods, having been cast out of their original home due to the overzealous pride of its patriarch.  The woods are deep and filled with dread, and it’s not long before tragedy starts to befall the religious clan.  The less you know about what happens, the better.

Here’s the biggest thing to know if you’re thinking about seeing it – it’s slow and quiet and weird.  If you’re expecting a lot of jump scares and monstrous beasties chasing hapless victims, you’re not going to find them here.  The Witch shares a lot of it’s pacing and horror with recent films like It Follows, where you’re going to find yourself immersed in the look and feel of the film more than the action of it.  And that’s good, because Eggers has presented you with a beautiful canvas to look at.  Everything is authentic – they made sure that the design of the costumes, houses and props were period correct – served up on a very desaturated color palette with intense close-ups and forboding shots of nature.  The only actual color you will see in the course of the film is red, and that’s mostly when there’s blood on screen.

There are a lot of great things in this film.  The actors are spot on, in particular, all the child actors.  The performances delivered by Anya Taylor-Joy and Harvey Scrimshaw are well beyond their years.  The horror is dialed back to basics; the sort of thing that we’re all fearful of at a certain level – fear of being alone, fear of the unknown and fear of the natural world.  It’s subtle, but indelible, and once supernatural elements show up, they’re used sparingly and with great effect.  Eggers is a scholar of fairy tales and folklore, and he’s woven a lot of these traditional stories into the look and feel of the film.  Lastly, the Witch is full of powerful, silent moments which heighten its intensity.

Overall, we were glad to have seen The Witch in the theater on the big screen.  If you’re a fan of art house films or horror films with a slow burn, you’ll enjoy this one.  If you hated It Follows and like your scares a bit more graphic, you’ll probably want to skip this one.

Megan gives it a rating of HAIL SATAN
Eric gives it a rating of THREE AND A HALF ENDORAS

Early Warning! Space Jesus is Coming

Hey, it’s our first EARLY WARNING!
What’s that? It’s our way of giving you a head start in case you want to watch the movie (or movies in this case) that we’re going to talk about on next week’s show.

And boy, do we have a show for you next week…. Sometimes he’s a genius cyberhacker spy with supernatural powers, sometimes he’s space Jesus come to save the Earth, but NEIL BREEN is always exposing the secrets of greed and corruption inherent in the system. We couldn’t watch just one of his movies, so we tackled ALL OF THEM. And they’re AMAZING.

His first two films (Double Down and I Am Here… Now) can be tough to find, but Fateful Findings is available for rental via YouTube and Amazon for just a few bucks. It’s totally worth it.

Episode 2: B-Fest 2016

In this episode, we talk about our trip to B-Fest, the annual 24 hour B-movie marathon at Northwestern University!  From the best of the worst to the absolutely dreadful, we round up our favorite movie weekend of the year.  We also talk about being an official sponsor, and the reception that our game, Greenlight, received from the film lovers in attendance.

Movies discussed:
The Adventures of Hercules
Caltiki, The Immortal Monster
Calling Dr. Death
The Wizard of Speed and Time
Plan 9 From Outer Space
The Human Tornado
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie
Blood Mania
Moon Zero Two
Low Blow
The Fifth Musketeer
Kansas City Bomber
The Super Inframan